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Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

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Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 61:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHSA 5215 | Recorded: 2018

Distinguished British music interpreter Sir Andrew Davis joins forces with the BBCSO once again, this time with acclaimed soloists Dame Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples, in this thoughtful presentation of the last two substantial choral works of Sir Edward Elgar. The matury of Elgar as an orchestrator is obvious in both works on this album, notably, in 'The Music Makers' (1912), during passages in which he quotes from 'Sea Pictures' and the Violin Concerto, and in representing the sound of aircraft in 'The Spirit of England' (1917). Elgar uses self-quotation to reflect: 'The Music Makers' is a canvas of self-reflection, written quickly following a period of illness. The orchestral introduction is introspective, melancholic, and noble, before the words of Arthur O'Shaughanessy's poem and much self-quotation within the music offer an insight into the sense of nostalgia and awareness of the loneliness of the creative artist felt by the composer. 'The Spirit of England' reflects on the sadness and desolation of war felt by a nation, with the inclusion of quotations from 'The Dream of Gerontius' in some of the more negative stanzas that Elgar found harder to set. Specified in the score for tenor or soprano, all three movements are sung here by a tenor in a recording first.

Performer:
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples, tenor
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis, conductor

Track List:
The Music Makers, Op. 69 (1912)
01. Moderato e nobilmente - Tranquillo e cantabile - Tempo I - Più tranquillo -
02. We are the music makers
03. With wonderful deathless ditties
04. We, in the ages lying
05. A breath of our inspiration
06. They had no vision amazing
07. And therefore to-day is thrilling
08. But we, with our dreaming and singing
09. Great hail! we cry to the comers / Oh men! it must ever be / You shall teach us your song's new numbers / Yea, in spite of a dreamer who slumbers / We are the music makers
The Spirit of England, Op. 80 (1915 – 17)
10. I. The Fourth of August
11. II. To Women
12. III. For the Fallen


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Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

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